A delegation of Vietnamese government officials, wind farm developers, business representatives, and energy executives visited Gamesa Technology Corp.’s facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania today to learn more about the company’s advanced turbine technology and explore potential export opportunities.
Gamesa, the first overseas wind manufacturer to set up full production facilities in the United States, has been focusing on expanding the market for its U.S.-made turbines. Over the last few years, Gamesa, a global leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbine generators and the turnkey development wind farms, has exported turbines to projects in Canada, Mexico, South American and Central America.
The visit of the Vietnamese delegation is organized by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The delegation includes officials who manage the country’s electricity markets, grids, and renewable energy programs, as well as company representatives who are looking to source turbines for proposed projects in Vietnam. In addition to USTDA, the delegation is joined by officials from the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
Vietnam has a nascent wind energy market that is just beginning to grow. Up to 8.6% of Vietnam’s territory is rated to be good or better for building utility-scale wind turbines, and 41% of rural area in the country is favorable for small-scale wind projects to aid economic development.
The total potential of Vietnam’s wind electricity is estimated at 513,360 MW. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has made renewable energy development a priority, with plans to accelerate wind power deployment from 30 MW today to 1,000 MW by 2020 and 6,200 MW by 2030.
Gamesa’s North American headquarters is located in Trevose, just a few miles from its nacelles assembly plant in Fairless Hills and a training center in Bristol, all in Bucks County.